What Should You Read on Shavuot?

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The Jewish Holiday of Shavuot commemorates the receiving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai.

Related: Why Kids Love Shavuot (And You Will Too)

It is traditional on Shavuot to read the Book of Ruth. There are many reasons given by different scholars about why to read this particular story on this particular holiday. The major themes in the Book of Ruth about giving, kindness, selflessness, coincide with the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Shavuot. 


While you're enjoying blintzes and cheesecake on Shavuot, take time to read a story about friendship or kindness. Here are some book lists to get you started:

20 Beautiful Children's Books About Friendship
5 Picture Books About Tzedakah for Kids Under 5
7 Jewish Children's Books That Teach Kids About Being a Good Neighbor
Lessons for Shavuot: Books About When to Follow the Rules

And don't forget to share photos of your Shavuot celebrations and favorite cheesecake recipes with other PJ Library families on Facebook.